My new Barbies. Yes, new Barbies. Kind of funny. They are really fun. My Mom & Dad (although I should give more credit to Mom because we all know Dad doesn't do Barbie shopping, haha) and Ethan bought me a total of FOUR Barbies for Christmas. I found some time to photograph them. If you aren't into dolls or photographing them, you might want to skip down to the bottom part of this post. ; )
Here are the differences I've found comparing them to my Blythe dolls:
1. Baby got back: Barbies have butts. And boobs. That orange and white polka dotted and denim skirt number on the blonde barbie is actually a Blythe outfit. Because I have a bajillion Blythe outfits. I do not have a bajillion Barbie outfits. Only what they came with, minus the pretty yellow dress on the redhead - that is vintage and given to me for Christmas as well. My point: Blythe clothes don't fit Barbie. Which I knew already, but had to try. Although you can fake it like I did with the Blonde. They don't completely close in the back.
2. Barbie is much easier to photograph than Blythe. Why? They aren't top-heavy like those big-headed Blythes. They don't fall over as much, unless it's really windy. (the redhead did make a face plant into the muddy dirt because of extreme wind. sigh.) But generally, they don't move! I used the same bamboo skewer trick that I use for my Blythes (stick it in the ground at a 45 degree angle and lean the doll up against it) and it worked great. They really do stay put.
3. Although they do stay put with the bamboo skewer trick, you almost always can see the stick in the photo since Barbies just don't take up a lot of space, like Blythes do. So more stick photoshopping with Barbie.
4. Barbie is very leggy.
5. Her hair is really fine compaired to Blythe.
6. Most are way cheaper than buying a Blythe!
7. There aren't as many people making clothes for Barbie, like there are for Blythe. Not that I have found so far, and if they make something I like, the outfit costs twice as much as I paid for the doll. But that is okay because the craftmanship is exquisite! I'm hoping this will be the push I need to start making my own clothes for my dolls. Vintage patterns!
8. Barbie has a more matte skin tone, unlike Blythe who is TOO shiny (i.e. you don't get those awful reflections on Barbie like you do with Blythe in photographs.)
9. She is bigger in real life than you think! I don't know why I remember Barbie being smaller. Here's a comparison:
Here are the Barbies I have. They are all vintage repros (i.e. much more affordable then the vintage ones!... and if I get you hooked on vintage repro Barbie, don't tell your significant other it was me).
- 1965 My Favorite Career Student Teacher (her face style seems different from the others, I'm thinking that the face mold must have changed in 1966? Any Barbie experts out there?)
- (Not shown yet) 1966 Francie Doll
- 1967 Twist 'N Turn Barbie (redhead)
- 1968 All That Jazz Barbie (blonde)
- On my wish list (ahem, January Birthday Baby, over here, haha):
1960's "Wild Bunch" Francie Doll
I took some Blythe photos as well. I haven't gotten them out since my Palm Springs trip! So sad!
It feels a little strange coming back to this place. Needless to say, it's been such a great break. I'm finally pulling myself out of denial mode that the holidays are over (I know you were there too, right?) Ethan is back at work today and the boys are back at school. Now it's time to get.it.done. I know most of you feel the same way.
Time to start hacking away at the To-Do List and New Year's Resolutions. I know, eye-roll, right? Resolutions. They are cliche every year. Everyone proclaiming them on their blogs. But you know what? I'm a total believer. Yeh, you might fail at some of them... but you also might succeed! You don't know if you don't try. I have a lot of big ones this year. Maybe I'll share them with you sometime. If anything, the 1st of every new year gives you a chance to wipe the slate clean and have a really positive outlook on things. I know many of us feel this way.
I'm looking forward to *hopefully* getting rid of A LOT of bad habits. I want to only let positive things come into my life, and for me to put a few positive things back out into the world. Seems like a simple thing, but wow, it's challenging!
I hope this place can be a positive stop in your life. I know this all sounds very Kum Ba Yah, but I really do hope that this place brightens your day in some way and doesn't make you leave feeling blah or ick. I'm really trying to eliminate a lot of those blah and ick online sources for me, whether it be blogs, twitter folks, etc. I'm also trying to cut down on the time I spend online so I can GET STUFF DONE. : )
My point is: I know that everyone's time is precious and if you're going to take the time to come here, I hope it's for good reason and that you can take something good away from it.
I appreciate each and everyone of you that leaves a comment or those that lurk! To those that have left encouraging or uplifting comments in 2011, I appreciate you more than you know. Sometimes just saying something nice can make a HUGE different in someone's day, or mood, or outlook. I want to do that more in 2012 - just leave encouraging comments on people's blogs, in an email, twitter, facebook, whatever. Because I know how much those encouraging words have meant to me. Sometimes it's the complete strangers that you encounter in life, that lift you up the most - isn't that amazing?
I think that's pretty incredible.